Sri Lanka: Governance, Peacebuilding and Conflict Sensitivity Advisor

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Apply by 17 April 2017
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 17 March 2017

Job Description

General Function

Internews seeks a Governance, Peacebuilding and Conflict Sensitivity (GPCS) Advisor for a USAID-funded media support program in Sri Lanka. The GPCS Advisor will be responsible for mainstreaming conflict and gender sensitive approaches across all project activities, focusing in particular on training journalists, media managers and outlets in conflict-sensitive reporting. The GPCS Advisor will be delegated other management responsibilities by the project Chief of Party (COP) as appropriate, including project management and senior representation roles. The position will be based in Colombo. Please note the position is contingent upon receipt of funding.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with media outlets to integrate conflict/gender sensitive principles into reporting, content production and editorial decision-making.
  • Develop and deliver curricula for conflict/gender-sensitive/peacebuilding media training for journalists and editors.
  • Work with Sri Lankan government stakeholders to constructively engage with media and civil society on conflict mitigation and peacebuilding issues.
  • Work with media to produce content on governance, reconciliation and peacebuilding issues that incorporates a variety of perspectives and issues and presents them in an unbiased, objective way.
  • Work with media and civil society to produce content that highlights the voices and issues of marginalized and underrepresented groups.
  • Collaborate with media governing bodies and support institutions to develop a code of conduct for media on conflict/gender-sensitive journalism.
  • Technical support, guidance and mentoring to media partners and beneficiaries.
  • Develop and maintain understanding of issues affecting both the media community and the media development community in Sri Lanka, particularly security, peacebuilding and political factors.
  • Build and maintain relationships with national and local media outlets and media development organizations.
  • Support strategic communications efforts of Internews in coordination with the COP to promote and publicize project activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to upholding Internews’ Core Values.


  • At least 7 years’ experience working in media and civil society programming in post-conflict and reform environments.
  • Extensive experience applying conflict/gender-sensitive approaches to media programming and the use of media to advance peacebuilding.
  • Experience working with Sri Lankan media, preferably in-country.
  • Experience supporting/implementing international NGO programs (preferably USG-funded).
  • Familiarity with USAID rules, policies and regulations.
  • Strong critical thinking and writing skills; excellent communication skills.
  • Significant ability to analyze and interpret media and conflict trends.
  • Thorough understanding of the technical, political and social issues specific to Sri Lanka.
  • Proven interpersonal and networking skills with international organizations and donors.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.

Benefits Information

This position is being offered and hired by Internews Network. Benefits will be consistent with Internews Network’s offerings and will be reviewed during the hiring process. Additional information can be found on our About Working for Internewspage.

About the Organization

Internews is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard.

Internews provides communities the resources to produce local news and information with integrity and independence. With global expertise and reach, Internews trains both media professionals and citizen journalists, introduces innovative media solutions, increases coverage of vital issues and helps establish policies needed for open access to information.

Internews programs create platforms for dialogue and enable informed debate, which bring about social and economic progress.

Internews’ commitment to research and evaluation creates effective and sustainable programs, even in the most challenging environments.

Internews operates internationally, with administrative centers in California, Washington DC, and London, as well as regional hubs in Bangkok and Nairobi. Formed in 1982, Internews has worked in more than 90 countries, and currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.

Internews Network is registered as a 501(c)3 organization in California, EIN 94-3027961. Internews Europe is registered in England and Wales as a Charity no. 1148404 and Company no. 7891107. Internews Network and Internews Europe operate cooperatively with independent boards of directors.

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